Top Indiana science students gather at Purdue for 'Olympiad'

More than 200 middle and high school students from throughout Indiana will test their scientific knowledge in the Science Olympiad regional competition at Purdue University on March 2, 2013.

The event, sponsored by the College of Science and the Science Olympiad Club, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout campus. It features 23 science and technology-related competitions and is free and many events are open to the public. The full schedule can be found at www.purdue.edu/scienceo

An awards ceremony will follow at 4:15 p.m. in the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall, Room 224.

"The Science Olympiad is a great opportunity to see students participating in exciting and challenging science activities," said Bill Walker, College of Science K-12 Outreach director. "Events such as Bottle Rockets and Robot Ramble are quite popular and fun to watch."

"The events are designed to stress science concepts, science processes, problem-solving skills, and applications of technology," said Mindy Hart, computer science outreach coordinator and Science Olympiad regional competition director. "Several events involve hands-on activities and inquiry-based science."

Teachers and parents coach each team, which consists of 15 students. Local scientists and engineers also assist some teams.  Schools participating in the West Lafayette Regional are:

  • Bedford Middle School, Bedford
  • Fountain Central High School, Veedersburg
  • McCutcheon High School, Lafayette
  • Mississinewa High School, Gas City
  • New Community School, Lafayette
  • Owen Valley High School, Spencer
  • Park Tudor Upper School, Indianapolis
  • Pike High School, Indianapolis
  • Raymond Park Middle School, Indianapolis
  • RJ Baskett Middle School, Gas City
  • Sycamore School, Indianapolis
  • Wainwright Middle School, Lafayette
  • West Lafayette Junior High School, West Lafayette
  • West Lafayette Senior High School, West Lafayette

The Purdue University, College of Science K-12 Outreach Program began in 1989 to support teachers and inspire students. Since then, more than 7,000 teachers and 580,000 students throughout the state have participated in its programs.

For more information about the Science Olympiad Regional competition and times for specific events, contact: Mindy Hart at mindy@purdue.edu  or Bill Walker at (765) 494-5890, wswalker@purdue.edu.